City Administrator David Millheim will resign his post in mid-August to pursue other career opportunities.
Millheim, who has managed South Jordan's affairs for the past 31/2 years, advised the council of his decision on June 9. He will stay with the city for two more months to ensure an orderly transition while the city searches for a new administrator."I've been recruited for positions in the private sector as well as other jobs in the public sector," he said. "I feel like I have provided the city all I can at this point, and I need to move on.
"This has been a great job and it has not been an easy decision to leave," he added. "But I want to spend more time with my family than this job allows, and I feel that I have met the goals I set when I came here."
Prior to coming to South Jordan, Millheim worked as director of Human Resources for the city of Palm Desert, Calif., and as assistant to the city manager of Morgan Hill, Calif., in the Bay Area.
Millheim said he has not yet accepted employment anywhere and wanted to notify the City Council of his decision before entering into serious job negotiations to "avoid a conflict of interest."
Millheim said he remains very optimistic about the future of South Jordan and will continue to make his home here.
"I'm really proud of the staff we have built here, and I'm pleased that just about every legal challenge the city has had - and there have been many - has been successfully addressed," he said.
"South Jordan has gone through some amazing transitions and we're finally starting to get economic development activities in place," Millheim noted. "The commercial tax base has more than doubled, and we hope it continues to increase.
"I'm also proud we have not lost our sense of community in that process," he added, "South Jordan is still a nice place to live."
Among the major milestones the city has passed during Millheim's tenure are the widening of Redwood Road and the placement of 10600 South on the state's five-year transportation improvement plan.
"This has not been an easy city to manage," he added. "Everybody has an agenda and all those agendas don't always match up. But we've done the best we can."